CWS Exhibit: “Images of Place: Paintings and Poems”

Event Details

Date: September 9 - November 27, 2009

Times: Hours are 8:00 a.m.-noon and 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. weekdays and 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Saturdays.

Location: Center for Western Studies, Augustana College campus

Ticket Info: This event is free and open to the public.

SIOUX FALLS – The artwork of Gary Steinley and the poetry of David Allan Evans, South Dakota’s Poet Laureate, are displayed at the Center for Western Studies (CWS) in an exhibit entitled Images of Place: Paintings and Poems.

Also on display, complementing the paintings and poetry, is MoonPhaces, the ceramic artwork of Beth Prostrollo. Beth is a Hartford, South Dakota, artist who creates hand-built raku pottery, masks, sculpture, and jewelry. The exhibition of these three fine artists is sponsored by Mary Selvig Framing of Sioux Falls.

The exhibition will be on display in the Madsen, Nelson, and Elmen Galleries at CWS through November 28.

CWS is located in the Fantle Building at 2121 S. Summit Ave. Hours are 8:00 a.m.-noon and 1:00-5:00 p.m. weekdays and 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free. For more information, please call 605.274.4007, email, or visit the Center's Web site.

Gary Steinley Beth Prostrollo David Allan Evans
Gary Steinley Beth Prostrollo David Allan Evans

About Images of Place:
Landscape oil paintings by Gary Steinley are paired with poems written by South Dakota’s Poet Laureate David Allan Evans in this beautiful exhibit. The project was inspired by a week-long workshop in 2003 entitled “Celebrating Rural Life through Painting and Writing.” The collaboration of these two artists resulted in “pairings” created over a two-year period from 2005 to 2007, and the resulting exhibit and accompanying book clearly show how a writer can learn from a painter and a painter from a writer.

Steinley’s paintings depict places, and occasionally people, throughout South Dakota. Evans wrote poems inspired by Steinley’s paintings, using either the finished painting or a preliminary oil sketch as an entry point into his own memories and experiences. In some cases, the poem would lead Steinley back to the original site to re-examine the imagery in light of the “lessons” from David’s poem, and a new painting would emerge.

Image above, right: Color at Lake Campbell Slough by Gary Steinley

Center for Western Studies
Phone: 605.274.4007